Friday Fast Facts

Injury Update

Out for an extended time:

Jared Bell – (Soph.) – defensive back – Out for the season with a torn ACL

Jack Harris – (Soph.) – offensive tackle – Likely out for the season with a broken ankle, surgery on 9/22, possible return in November

Sherrard Harrington – (Fr.) – defensive back – suffered a hip contusion during the summer, will likley red-shirt

Travis Sandersfeld – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a fractured fibula in practice on September 13th – out at least another week


Shawn Daniels – (Sr.) – offensive lineman – Suffered a severe calf strain on August 11th; “progressing well” – resumed practice this week

Brian Lockridge – (Sr.) – defensive back – hurt his ankle v. Washington State – will not play against Stanford

Daniel Munyer – (R-Fr.) – center – suffered ankle sprain v. CSU – back practicing, listed as “probable”

Arthur Jaffee – (Sr.) – defensive back – suffered a sprained knee during California game, swelling persists – trying to get back in for the Stanford game

Will Harlos – (Fr.) – defensive back – hamstring – “has endured some tightness” – may see more than special teams action v. Stanford

Kyle Cefalo – (Sr.) – wide receiver – elbow injury suffered v. Washington State – listed as “day-to-day”, but is expected to play

Suspended indefinitely – violations of team rules:

Parker Orms – (So.) – defensive back – lower leg injury suffered against Ohio State – was listed as “day-to-day” for Stanford anyway

Paul Vigo – (So.) – defensive back – hamstring – out since the Colorado State game – was listed as “day-to-day” for Stanford

Ayodeji Olatoye – (So.) – defensive back – had played the first four games of the season (no tackles), – was suspended for Washington State game

Josh Moten – (R-Fr.) – defensive back – played in every game except against Cal – two special teams points, including a touchdown saving tackle

Liloa Nobriga – (So.) – linebacker – dressed for two home games and CSU game, but had not yet played a down

And Paul Richardson?

Not listed on the injury report, it has been widely reported (but not, it must be noted, by the CU athletic department) that sophomore wide receiver Paul Richardson was injured during Wednesday’s practice. The speculation is that it is a knee injury, and that Richardson is “doubtful” for the Stanford game.

Whether the school is trying to keep such damaging information from the Stanford coaches is speculation, as is the extent of Richardson’s injury. However, for those who follow players on Twitter (I am not one of them), Richardson purportedly tweeted that he had gone through “the worst pain in my life” and that “my lil bro’ Keenan Canty gotta step up this weekend but I know he ready”.

Keenan Canty is a red-shirt freshman wide receiver. Canty did not see action in the season opener against Hawai’i, but has played in every game since. Canty, though, has yet to register his first reception in a Colorado uniform.

When – and if – there is an official update as to Richardson’s status, I will get it posted as soon as possible …

Colorado v. Stanford – Notes worth Noting

– Colorado’s 1977 game against Stanford represented the second in the series, but the first since a 33-0 win for Stanford in Denver on Nov. 25, 1904.The 1977 game also marked likely the best game of linebacker Brian Cabral’s CU playing career. Cabral, the Buffs’ linebackers coach since 1990 (and interim head coach last fall after Dan Hawkins was fired), recorded 25 tackles (13 solo) in the game, a total still tied for the fourth most in a single game in Buff history. He also intercepted a Stanford pass in the end zone while CU was protecting a 20-14 fourth quarter lead.

– The Buffs went on to win the 1977 game against Stanford, 27-21, and Cabral went on to the NFL. Cabral was a part of the Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears team in 1985. That team, which included the infamous “Super Bowl Shuffle” video, was supposed to be honored at the White House in early 1986. However, the Challenger disaster led to the cancellatioin of the event. This Friday, President Barack Obama, a Chicago Bears fan, has invited the 1985 Bears team to the White House for a long overdue photo op. Cabral will be there with his teammates, then catch a non-stop flight to San Francisco Friday night, where he will be reunited with his current team.

– The Colorado/Stanford series is the oldest for the Buffs with a Pac-12 rival, dating back to 1904. The two teams played in Denver on Thanksgiving that year, but did not play again until 1977. The overall series is tied, 3-3, with the most recent game being a 41-37 victory for Stanford (in a game which would have had a different result if instant replay had been in effect at the time – Colorado v. Stanford, 1993).

– The 1990 game between Colorado and Stanford was the first-ever Thursday night game in Boulder. Colorado won, 21-17, with Eric Bieniemy scoring on a fourth-and-one with 12 seconds remaining (and, to be fair, this game might also have had a different result if instant replay had been in effect – Colorado v. Stanford, 1990). The victory was the first of the season for the Buffs on their way to a national championship.

– The 2011 game will mark the second time Stanford has played Colorado as a ranked team. In four of the previous six games, Colorado came into the contest with a national ranking.

– Stanford has the longest winning streak in the FBS, with 12 straight wins dating back to last season. Conversely, Colorado enters the game with the longest road losing streak in the nation, 20 games.

– The Stanford offense has lost only one turnover all season. The Stanford defense, meanwhile, has yet to create an interception.

– Stanford has won eight straight home games, and is 19-2 in its last 21 home games dating back to the 2007 season. In those 21 games, however, the Cardinal has hosted only five sellouts, including the UCLA game last weekend.

– The Cardinal is 24-5 in games started by senior quarterback Andrew Luck. His 24 career wins is tied with Steve Stenstrom for most victories by a Stanford starting quarterback.

– In the redzone, Stanford has been perfect, going 22-for-22, including 17 touchdowns and five field goals. Colorado is 12-of-14 in the redzone, with eight touchdowns and four field goals (the two non-scores came on an unsuccessful fourth down attempt in the opening series v. Cal, and a blocked field goal in the opening series v. Washington State).

Pac-12 Notes of Note

– Cal, which held Oregon to its lowest output of the 2010 season in a 15-13 loss last fall, looked to duplicate its success on Thursday night. The Bears held the lead, 15-14, at halftime, but did not score again as the Ducks ran over and through the Bears in the second half on their way to a 43-15 romp. In the victory, though, Oregon may have lost – at least for a time – running back LaMichael James. The nation’s leading rusher dislocated his right elbow early in the fourth quarter of the Ducks’ 43-15 win on Thursday night. It appeared to contort as he crumbled to the ground. However, not long after he was carted from the field, James was standing at the locker room door, his arm in a sling, to congratulate his teammates.

“It’s not a season-ending injury and I’ll be fine,” James said after the game. “I’m tough. I’m a warrior and I’m never going to quit on my team.” James said that X-rays showed the arm was not broken. But he would not speculate on whether he’ll play next Saturday against No. 22 Arizona State. “We’re gonna wait and see,” he said. “We have the best trainers in the country and I’m sure they are going to get on it ASAP and I’ll be there four times a day so I can get on that field.” Before he went down, James ran for 239 yards and a touchdown for the Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12).

– Oregon now has a 19-game home winning streak. During the streak, the Ducks have averaged 49.2 points per game. Overall, Oregon has won 14 straight conference games at home.

– Washington (4-1) and Washington State (3-1) are both off to their best starts since 2006.

– Arizona, which plays at Oregon State Saturday, has lost seven straight games in conference play.

– While the Wildcats have surrendered 503 yards of total offenses per game, three of their four games have come against top ten opponents. The next seven opponents for Arizona are averaging 377 yards of total offense per game.

– Against Arizona State last weekend, Oregon State freshman quarterback Sean Mannion went 40-for-66 for 341 yards and a touchdown. In so doing, Mannion broke 25-year old school records for completions and attempts in a single game (Colorado records: attempts, 64 – Cody Hawkins v. Toledo, 2009; completions, 38 – Joel Klatt v. Kansas, 2003).

– Arizona State leads the series with Utah, 16-6, including the last seven games played between the two teams. The teams have not met, however, since 1993.


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